Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 2/1/12
Cody Hodgson was one of 12 rookies to take part in the NHL's all-star event last weekend. It is a fitting tribute to a player who has overcome a lot of obstacles in his young career to become a solid third-line center for the Vancouver Canucks. He also has provided quality ice time on the second power-play unit for one of the league's best teams. "I am happy to be playing," Hodgson told The Vancouver Sun about a month ago. "I'm playing with some good linemates and enjoying playing the game. That hasn't changed, regardless of how much I play or where I play or that kind of stuff. I'm just happy to contribute whatever way I can." That contribution has made the Canucks deeper and potentially more dangerous. On a team with two outstanding scoring lines, Hodgson's average ice time has generally remained in the 13-minute range, yet his point totals have increased each month: two goals, one assist, three points in October; 2-6-8 in November; 4-5-9 in December; and 6-4-10 in January, in...
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